Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Better than Sexy by Carly Phillips Blog Tour

Insta-love only happens in the movies.
Insta-lust? That she’d buy into.
Until she meets take-charge club owner Landon Bennett and falls head over heels at a glance.

When hot as sin Landon Bennet offers sexy songstress Vivienne Clark a summer residency at his popular Manhattan nightclub, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she can’t resist. Add in the man’s obvious interest and seductive attention and life is perfect. Until she puts together the pieces of his past. Fate might have brought them together, but is the intimate relationship they’ve been building strong enough to overcome one painful fact. She’s the sister of the man who killed his twin.

A complete stand-alone.

Book 3
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“So this is the bedroom,” she said, looking around the immaculate space.

“Yes, it is. Feel free to put your own touches on it for as long as you’re here.” The decorator had pulled together an apartment for three single men.

She treated him to a generous smile. “Thank you.”

Knowing he’d be tempting himself and not caring, he stepped closer until her feminine fragrance filled his nostrils. They stared at each other for a long, charged moment, desire he couldn’t escape building inside him.

She met his gaze and her lips parted. It wasn’t an invitation, but her eyes still held his, and she wasn’t backing away either.

He slid his hand behind her neck, cupping her soft skin. “I know I’m your boss, so no pressure,” he said as he applied a bit to her skin. “But I want to kiss you.”

She paused. Looked up at him. Then rose onto her toes. His mouth met hers. Warm and willing, her soft lips glided against his and his entire body came alive. He tightened his grip on her neck as he slid his tongue into her waiting mouth. She tasted sweet and he deepened the kiss, wanting more of her. With a moan, her body leaned against his, her breasts pressing against his chest.

Their tongues meshed and mingled. Their harsh breathing filled the room. The kiss went on and he was in no rush to end the moment. But suddenly she gasped and pulled away.

“We shouldn’t,” she said, brushing her damp lips with her hand.


She swallowed hard. “I just… I need to focus on my work,” she said, turning away so he couldn’t see her face.

He narrowed his gaze, wondering if something more was at play. A woman didn’t kiss him like she did, then back off that easily. But he also wasn’t going to push her. He’d see how things between them played out during her time here and take his cues from her. Which didn’t mean he wouldn’t play up the charm and test her resolve.

“I think the apartment will work out well.” She headed for the door.

“Do you need help moving in?”

“I’ve got it but thank you,” she said in a strained voice.

“Who’s helping?” he persisted.

“Well, Ellie. Owen wouldn’t get his hands dirty moving my clothing over. It’s fine. We’ve got it. She’s borrowing her parents’ car.”

He rolled his eyes. “I’ll be over at eight a.m. tomorrow and we’ll get you moved in.

”He wasn’t going to leave the two women to drag all her things alone back and forth up to the apartment.

We’ll get me moved in?”

He grinned. “I’ve got partners, don’t I? All you need to worry about is packing your things up. We’ll handle the rest.”


He placed a finger to her lips, and damned if her eyes didn’t darken with desire. She might be focused on her career, but she was interested in him as well.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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This is the third book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone, you'll understand the men's relationships better if you've read the previous books.

Landon and his buddies are wanting to revamp their club a little. With the previous season behind them, now they need a wow factor to get people back into their place. Landon is instantly drawn to the new act that they want to land. But he also has to contend with his dead brothers' memory, his parents, his friends, and the killer themselves. Landon has a lot going on in this book.

Vivienne and her mom are very close. Vivienne's dream is to make it big, tour the world, and write music. She is thrilled when her agent calls her with a job opportunity. Riding on cloud nine, she goes to hear about the potential position. But when her past comes calling too, she has to turn the offer down. And while it breaks her heart to do that, she can't see past the issue.

Landon isn't one to be deterred, but Vivienne knows that she should stay away. These two have to figure out whether or not their attraction is worth the risk. Nobody else has to understand their relationship, but they do need to figure it out.

This story will make you laugh, cry, want to yell and scream. It reminds you what love is truly about and how sometimes, you get to choose your family.

This is the third book in the series. It gives Landon his chance at happiness, although it is not a smooth journey for him, and more than it was for Tanner or Jason who feature in the earlier books. The three of them run a bar named in honour of Landon's twin brother Levi, who died in a hazing event at college. They have never forgotten him, and recently the perpetrator caused them even more trouble at their bar.

In order to get the bar back on the right track, Landon proposes a singer in residence for the summer. They have an apartment which they can offer above the bar, now they just need to find the right person. Jason shows the others a video of a singer called Vivi Z and Landon is hooked!

There is however, the complication which causes all three men, Vivi herself, and Landon's family some deep soul searching and makes us all consider what we would do in that situation. I felt that Carly Phillips dealt with the issues in a careful and thoughtful way, which gave each person a chance to deal with their unexpected connection.

Vivi and Landon were such a good match and clearly meant to be together, that there could only be one outcome, but the journey was not smooth. Thankfully we are left with the future looking bright. It was fun to catch up with the previous couples too and see what a close-knit family they had built for themselves, and yet welcomed Vivi to join them too.

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her NEWSLETTER and receive TWO FREE books.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Better than Sexy (Sexy #3) by Carly Phillips to read and review for this tour.

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